A Note On the Process and Intent of Imagery by Jason Miller
The Energy Fortress deals conceptually with the basis of energy changing form in an arbitrary and surreal visual manner. Just as our bodies are animated and brought to life by our souls that dwell within, so too must we all one day move on from the dust-laden sails of our bodies that our spirits now fill. We Humans are spiritual and materialized at the same time, and being both biological and spiritual is a sacred mystery that words seldom describe.
Similar to the childhood game Memory, I lay the straight photographs I have made before me, and then in my own type of Chess play, I draw from and take away until all that is left is what is needed from my ever-growing image pool. Each arrangement of photographs completes a complex image phrase or poem. Each single photograph becomes a word that is derived from my mental dialect and when placed together the separate photographic words form visual sentences. Whereas some think only phonetically, I think not merely words, but more often in images, dreams, and visions.
There is a slight similarity between my Energy Fortress and the Buddhist Mandala. The Mandala is built with spiritualism in mind and often works as a form of spiritual map of the human soul. Because spiritualism is an important guiding force in my own work, this must be the reason for a strange unplanned parallel between the two different ways of making images. Also, both my images and Mandalas are made to be aids to deepen thought and increase mental activity. Concerning this connection, both image styles are, in a way, soulfully utilitarian.
My work is derived from images photographed from many diverse aspects of my everyday life and is not necessarily made to be viewed in one set sequence. But rather my work is to be understood as one would devour a secret poem, that one happened to stumble upon, in a brief tripping upon an obscure discovery from amidst the blinding noise. There is not always an inclination to read left to right when viewing an Energy String, nor is there a formulaic pattern one must follow in order to understand, but instead Energy Strings and Fortresses are made to be ever changing in a way similar to how our lives are constantly in flux.
Energy Strings, Energy Fortresses, and Image Poems are not designed to stimulate one beyond his or her own mental baggage. The viewer is key to the interpretation of the art I make. My work is not built with the expectation of some great happening, but rather is carved from the idea of solitary meditation and the art of listening very carefully for the gentle voice within the deafening gale. The imagination of a child is key to enjoying my imagery. It is the viewer’s vision that completes my work within his mind as new thoughts begin to spring forth as she ponders the significance or unusual complimentary pallet of the combination of the everyday simple parts of life merged with strikingly rare moments.